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Both of the cooling fans wont come on? And I have a smell of Antifreeze. When I am in Traffic and get stopped at stop light, the temp goes up past 200?

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Check fuses and or relays, next try putting power to each fan to make sure they work.
If you turn on defrost or the air conditioning the ac fan should kick on.
If that does nothing you problaly have a blown fuse or bad motor

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I would guess the thermostat sensor is bad, as I am assuming that you checked the fans and relays.

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